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Northern California fire burns nearly 2,000 acres

July 15, 2012 |  8:04 am

The so-called Robbers fire in Northern California has burned nearly 2,000 acres and is threatening homes, officials said.

"Most of this fire is burning in areas that are inaccessible," said Daniel Berlant of Cal Fire told Fox 40 television, adding it was difficult to get equipment into those areas.

The Placer County fire has been burning since Wednesday northwest of Foresthill and has consumed 1,950 acres, fire officials said. It was 20% contained Saturday evening.

The fire was threatening 170 homes, and the area has been evacuated. A total of 1,952 firefighters from  the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and numerous local agencies were fighting the blaze with helicopters, bulldozers and water tenders.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Foresthill High School gym.

The forestry department has set up an information line at (530) 823-4083.

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